Elizabeth Turk is an American sculptor who works primarily with marble. She was born in Pasadena, California in 1961, and grew up in the western United States; California, New Mexico and Colorado. Turk attended Scripps College, Claremont, CA, where she studied international relations, graduating in 1983. After completing her undergraduate studies, Turk moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in international relations. The Capitol, with its museums and especially the Corcoran Gallery of Art courses, became the influence that drove her to pursue sculpture as a career. In the early 1990s, she enrolled full-time in the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, graduating in 1994. Shortly after receiving her MFA, Turk began exhibiting her bronze sculptures in the D.C. area. Louise Bourgeois’ "Spider” inspired Turk to expand into a new medium. Her segue to marble started her journey exploring the material’s many possibilities. She began shaping stone into objects which defy their materiality. Turk moved to New York City in the mid-1990s, and soon began showing her work there. Her first exhibition was at Hirschl & Adler Galleries in 2000—in the show, “New York Classicism, Now”—where she continues to exhibit. Turk has won several awards and grants, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2000, a MacArthur genius grant, and the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship, both in 2010; a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) in 2011; and a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for artistic achievements from Arts Orange County in 2012. Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.